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Photography in bartender`s World with Steven Kohl #1

The first thing that I`ve learned from Steven about taking better pictures is something that I was trying to understand for quite some time:
– how to take photos in “M”-manual mode.
Keep in mind that I`d had no previous experience with a “professional” camera before 😉

Until that day I`d been shooting in “A” mode hoping for the best- that one of many of my pictures shot this way would turn out “OK”… and “yes” the definition “an amateur” suits me perfectly in this situation 😀

The reason why I couldn`t get how this works is maybe that I have no patience to watch a whole tutorial from „A” to „Z” on YT or maybe because as an amateur I didn`t get some of the professional terms used by Youtubers.
Nevertheless, now I understand (or I think I do) how the „M” mode works and how to use it correctly. I`ll try to share with You what I`ve learned using the simplest possible way… my way, the way I understand it:)

Once You set the manual mode on Your camera You can see a long bar (see „M” mode picture) every time You press gently „the shutter release” button (see „#buttons” picture)


You want to get the level of this bar as close to “0” as possible or ideally “0” the get the picture with the right brightness level.

To do so, You have to play around with the three wheels

 There are many different ways and techniques to get this right on different levels of professionalism. What I`ve learned though and what I do since that session with Steven is that (simply put) You want the “Aperture” (F) on the lowest- to get a nice blurry background.Then You have to adjust both shutter speed and ISO. I try to keep the ISO at the lowest as well to make sure that the picture is not “grainy” but sweet and sharp.

Then there`s the “shutter speed” that I always try to have above 1/60-80 so that an object doesn`t blur if I move the camera slightly while taking a photo. Sometimes the natural light is not enough, and there are some dependencies:
a) the higher the shutter speed, the darker the picture gets.
b) the higher the ISO, the brighter the picture gets but, the more “grain” You get on Your picture. Steven sais that going up to 1600 ISO is kinda “safe.”
c) the lower the aperture, the more blurry background You get and You let in more light into Your camera

The good thing is that as You play around with these settings, the bar level of „brightness” shows You where You are and then You can decide what to do with your values of shutter speed, aperture, ISO.

These were the basic things that We’ve covered in a first half an hour of our session. Since then I`ve been only using the „M” mode, and my pictures started to look so much better creating a perfect base to work on in Lightroom. Keep in mind that this is not „the right way to do this” post, it’s just how and what I’ve learned about photography explained the way I see it 

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